Attention reader: This is not a mundane existence! Jacob Nordby said, “We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is a banquet of common enchantment waiting for our alchemist’s eyes to notice”. All artists have a common duty owed and gift to bestow unto the world, regardless of their shape, size or difference in craft. Artists have the ability to translate diverse narratives of the Universe. “So much of our experience is intangible; it is unspeakable”. Art is a place where emotions and stories can be understood, regardless of the literal language one speaks or the beliefs one has. Art is a common ground for growth and understanding. It is an artist’s job to bring people into that vast pool of interpretation and understanding.
As a professional tattoo artist, I hold the privilege of helping people of all walks of life interpret fragments of their life (whether it be symbolic, for humor, sorrow, or healing) and manifest a language spoken by and interpreted by all. When a client leaves my care, it is my will that they leave stronger rooted in their identity than ever before. It is my hope as a professional artist that I can aid in helping an individual be symbolic and aware in their existence, instead of just floating along. After all, we are the very essence of the Universe expressing ourselves in human form for the time being.
As for my personal journey, I stepped into these artsy fartsy shoes as a result of childhood dreaming. When I was young, I always said that “when I grow up, I want to be an artist!” I spoke this not understanding that I already was one, and that it would be part of my destiny to translate the voice of the cosmos in all of its abstract ways. When I was 11, I proceeded to tell my mother that I wanted to be a tattoo artist. She shrugged it off as a phase in my childhood wonderland; as I grew older, I was committed to making this dream a reality. I would visit local tattoo shops during my adolescence to inquire on what I needed to do.
When I was 17, I got my shot as an apprentice (someone who shadows a tattoo artist) in order to learn how to become a professional. I paid my dues and apprenticed for 1 year under a very skilled artist. The experience gained during this time frame is something that I will be forever grateful for. I became a professional tattoo artist and have been tattooing for four and a half years since. I’ve learned that you can never stop learning or progressing. Each moment of each day is a new opportunity to service others. I make it my mission to be the best version of myself possible. I aim to grow every day and evolve artistically, mentally, physically, and emotionally in human spirit.